The Husband and I spent an amusing hour in a dusty, junky antique mall recently. My treasure was this stack of metal souvenir plates.
The Alaska plate has a label on the back "From Lucy & Stan 1969." The South Carolina plate has this label "Happy Birthday, Dad 1997"
From all of these, I had to remove stickers used to hang them on the wall. Which, I guess, is the original purpose for plates like this. To hang them on the wall and remember a trip. I suppose it is better than the typical fate of souvenir state tablecloths or dish towels. How sad is it when they are lovingly stored in a drawer and never seen or used?
My philosophy is, if you own it, use it! My mother has always, and I mean always, had a stack of these plates that she uses as paper plate holders. I didn't appreciate eating off the state of Missouri when I was growing up, but I think it's great now that I'm older.
Sometime soon, The Husband and I will invite a crowd of folks over and he'll fire up the grill. I'll whip out my large tablecloth with the entire US map on it, along with a couple of smaller, vintage state cloths and this stack of plates.
I'll try to make sure I get the Alaska plate. And, while eating, I'll think of Lucy and Stan and their trip to Alaska 40 years ago!
Metal souvenir plates = 54 cents each
Discussion of travel memories and geography = Priceless